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Assistant Director

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Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Director
Department Student Learning Services (8908)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The THINK TANK is a student academic service unit within Student Academic Success and Achievement in the division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management/Academic Initiatives & Student Success and serves as a focal point for the University’s centralized learning assistance and learning enrichment services. The THINK TANK includes both free and fee based tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and academic tutoring. The center is staffed with highly trained staff including graduate assistants, peer tutors, and professional staff designed to support all UA students in both centralized and satellite locations. While the specific responsibilities of the Assistant Director are subject to changes and revisions based upon new programming, the person selected for this position should be optimistic, innovative, flexible, forward thinking, and adaptable. First and foremost, however, the Assistant Director should respect student learners.

Under the direction of the Director, the Assistant Director coordinates and supervises various programs and activities of the THINK TANK’s Writing Center, to fulfill the departmental goals and objectives. The Assistant Director helps to set best practices with expert knowledge in curriculum, pedagogies, and research background in university-level writing to build and sustain academic support programming provided at the Think Tank. The Assistant Director also acts in a departmental leadership role, assisting with the strategic planning, budget forecasts, and articulation of mission and vision of the department. The position is administrative and supervisory in nature, with a high degree of autonomous decision-making.

The mission of the Think Tank is to empower UA students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners. The Think Tank is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and free of discrimination.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

LEADERSHIP AND VISION:

*Serve as one of the key personnel in contact with faculty and staff within the UA Writing Program to ensure that writing support and programming align with Writing Program expectations and guidelines.

*Identify needs, develop innovative support services, and improve effectiveness of existing writing support services.

*Provide leadership in developing and implementing an exemplary and comprehensive writing tutoring program to serve all UA students.

*Develop, support, and help implement university-wide learning initiatives, involving writing support, as it relates to student retention. The following populations of writers will need to be considered in development of initiatives:

•Upper division across the curriculum and within the discipline (WAC/WID) writers •International and/or multi-linguistic (L2) writers •Online writers •Graduate student writers

RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE:

*Engage in scholarship and professional development activities related to university- level writing support and learning.

*Serve as the key point of contact for discussions of writing support with all UA faculty, including, but not limited to UA Online, UA South, Career Services, C.A.T.S. Academics and the SALT Center.

*Serve as key point of contact for request for classroom support and group outreach (presentations) for academic writing across the campus.

*Collaborate with retention programs (New Start, UAdvantage, Residence Life, etc.) across campus to provide academic support for programming.

*Collaborate with the UA Libraries, ASA, and Student Engagement and Career Development programs to integrate writing support within the Bear Down Success District.

*Design and conduct program assessment.

*Participate in research goals of department through program development, implementation, evaluation, and modification.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND SUPERVISION:

*Develop tutor-training program for tutors, with the support of the Writing Center Specialist. Maintain International Tutor Program Certification through College Reading and Learning Association (ITTPC).

*Determine structure and staffing of tutorial services in the centers, within budgetary constraints.

*Provide expertise and support of writing programming within the Supplemental Instruction, academic coaching and academic skills tutoring areas of the Think Tank.

*Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate graduate assistants to offer support imparting content and supervision expertise. Mentor graduate students in their professional scholarship and development.

MANAGEMENT:

*Set Writing Center program policy and procedures, in conjunction with the Director.

*Serve as a member of the Leadership Team and participate in strategic planning, budget forecasts, and articulation of mission and vision of the department.

*Assist the Director in budget preparation. Monitor expenditures related to writing support services.

*Regularly communicate the progress, outcomes, and direction of work to Director.

*Make recommendations concerning improvement of programming and service.

*Support the department through participation and collaboration within a variety of department, divisional, and institution-wide activities and committee work.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Knowledge of tutoring techniques, principles and practices.
Knowledge of best practices in writing instruction at the postsecondary level.
Knowledge of leadership, management, and supervision principles and practices.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.
Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, and high degree of openness to new approaches and new ideas.

Minimum Qualifications

MA English, specifically with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, ESL, or a related field with an emphasis in writing centers, student support, basic writing, and/or working with diverse student populations and 5 years experience of writing support in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in English, specifically with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, ESL, or a related field with an emphasis in writing centers, student support, basic writing.
TESOL certification or other evidence of advanced study of working with multilingual learners.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $50,000 to $54,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22239
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 03/12/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Nicci Ainuu – nainuu@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 11/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/02/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Please provide a brief statement of writing center philosophy.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * What is your vision of campus outreach?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have an MA English, specifically with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, ESL, or a related field with an emphasis in writing centers, student support, basic writing, and/or working with diverse student populations AND five years experience of writing support in higher education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents